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The Statute of Limitations in Motorcycle Accident Cases in Indiana

If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash, you may be entitled to seek compensation from the party who caused your injuries. However, you need to be aware of the motorcycle accident statute of limitations in Indiana. In simple terms, this is the time limit for filing a lawsuit. It matters because failing to file on time can have drastic consequences.

At Gerling Law, we work quickly to get our clients justice for their injuries. Speak with our firm to discuss your case and see if you qualify for compensation.

How Long Do I Have to File a Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit?

Indiana has a two-year statute of limitations for motorcycle accidents. You have two years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit against the liable party. If you miss this deadline, you may lose your right to sue and recover damages. While there are exceptions to this rule, they require meeting specific criteria. Therefore, it’s best that you contact a lawyer as soon as possible to begin the legal process.

How Long Do You Have to File a Motorcycle Accident Injury If You Qualify for an Exception? 

Courts understand that the two-year requirement can sometimes lead to unfair results. For this reason, you may be able to file later if you qualify for one of these exceptions:

  • You are a minor. Minors have two years from their 18th birthday to file a personal injury claim.
  • You were mentally incapacitated. If you are legally disabled after the accident, the two-year deadline begins to run once you are no longer incapacitated. 
  • The defendant left Indiana. Defendants sometimes flee the state to escape liability, but the clock won’t run while they are outside of Indiana.
  • The defendant is incarcerated. The defendant can’t go to court if they are in jail or prison, so you can wait until their release before taking legal action.

Qualifying for these exceptions can be difficult. You need an experienced personal injury lawyer who can explain the situation to the court and show why you must file after the statute of limitations. 

How Gerling Law Can Help You Get Justice for Your Injuries

Knowing the motorcycle accident statute of limitations in Indiana is only the first step in seeking compensation. The legal process is complex, so it’s crucial that you work with a law firm that knows how to get results. Below are some ways Gerling Law can help maximize the strength of your claim.

Experienced and Dedicated Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Indiana, you need a lawyer who understands the specific challenges and complexities of your case. Gerling Law has a team of lawyers who focus on motorcycle accident cases. We will work closely with you to understand your situation and expectations. Based on your input, we will devise a legal strategy to seek an outcome that aligns with your goals. 

Comprehensive Investigation of Your Case

A thorough investigation can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. Gerling Law will leave no stone unturned to gather all the relevant evidence to support your claim. This can include reviewing crash reports, medical records, insurance policies, and photos/videos. 

We may also work with experts, such as accident reconstructionists, medical professionals, and economists. Their input helps us establish liability, identify causation, and calculate the total value of your case. 

Aggressive and Effective Negotiation with Insurance Companies

Insurance companies are not on your side. They will try to minimize or deny your claim because this saves them money. The insurer may use unfair tactics to discourage you. This can include offering you a lowball settlement, delaying or disputing your claim, or blaming you for the accident. 

You need a lawyer to protect your rights and interests during this time. Gerling Law is here to handle all negotiations with the insurer on your behalf. We will use our skills and experience to advocate for your interests and seek the maximum compensation you deserve. We will not settle for anything less than what you are entitled to, and we will not hesitate to take your case to trial if necessary.

Free Consultation and No Fee Unless We Win

We offer a free consultation to evaluate your case and advise you on your legal options. Likewise, we work on a contingency fee basis. You don’t have to pay us anything unless we win or settle your case. Moreover, you have no obligation to work with us after the consultation if you disagree with our assessment.

Contact Gerling Law Today

Don’t wait too long to seek justice. Work with Gerling Law to file your claim within the motorcycle accident statute of limitations in Indiana. 

Our dedicated team has over 60 years of experience and has collected millions for our clients during this time. We are ready to help you hold the at-fault party accountable.Call our office today to schedule your free consultation.

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Gayle Gerling Pettinga

Born and raised in Evansville, Gayle is a respected, experienced lawyer and a valued community leader. She graduated near the top of her class at Indiana University’s prestigious Maurer School of Law. She’s practiced law with one of the largest firms in Indianapolis as well as one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. And that means she knows how big law firms and big companies think and how they operate – and she will put that knowledge to work for you.

Gayle has received numerous awards and honors including Martindale-Hubbell — Peer Review Rated: AV®, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys 10 Best Attorneys in Indiana for Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service, and YWCA Evansville 100 Years, 100 Women Honoree, 2011.

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